India Should Rethink its Taiwan Policy and Be More Proactive: Experts

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NEW DELHI—In the caller emerging planetary satellite order, some India and Taiwan, 2 cardinal countries successful the Indo-Pacific, look Chinese aggression and the expanding request to cooperate.

Experts told The Epoch Times that though some countries person made efforts successful the past fewer years for greater cooperation, there’s a request for India to initiate a large rethink astir its wide argumentation towards Taiwan.

“There is nary amended clip than contiguous to punctual ourselves that the engagement betwixt India and Taiwan is mutually beneficial, and determination is truthful overmuch that could beryllium achieved successful the relations without making adjustments to their respective China policies,” Sana Hashmi, visiting chap astatine the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation told The Epoch Times successful an email.

Taipei-based Hashmi said that the India-Taiwan narration has a batch of potentials but it hasn’t matured yet and India needs to initiate a argumentation rethink and beryllium much proactive towards Taiwan.

“Of course, determination person been monumental achievements successful the relations specified arsenic the signing of respective agreements successful the fields of education, economics, and culture, and past the revival of the India-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Forum, etc. However, a imaginativeness for a sustainable and semipermanent model for advancing ties is missing. Without implementing a semipermanent plan, the relations volition lone execute short-term results,” she said.

The India-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Forum was formed by Indian and Taiwanese lawmakers successful 2016 and was revived successful October 2020 for the “cherished ideals of democracy.”

Hashmi successful an op-ed published successful a fewer Indian media connected Nov.. 4 had that India was earlier cautious towards Taiwan due to the fact that of China with whom it shares implicit 2000 miles of the onshore border, but present the concern has changed.

“This [caution] came astatine a clip erstwhile India and China were trying to negociate tensions and India was hopeful of achieving a breakthrough successful its borderline quality with China. However, now, overmuch has changed not lone successful India-China relations but determination is besides a singular displacement successful India’s Taiwan policy,” she wrote. She brought up past year’s incidental erstwhile the Chinese embassy successful New Delhi tried issuing a diktat to the Indian media to not notation to Taiwan arsenic a nation, but the Indian authorities supported its media.

These shifts according to her are not momentous but they bash bespeak a “definite argumentation rethink” and further engagement needs to beryllium much meaningful.

Professor M. D. Nalapat, director, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University successful India told The Epoch Times successful an email that a batch is happening betwixt the 2 countries, and it’ll beryllium known soon successful the future.

“India is connected the close way but without fanfare,” Nalapat said astir the argumentation rethink successful India regarding Taiwan.

He said the existent authorities led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started paying much attraction to Taiwan.

“The archetypal authorities to scope retired to Taiwan was erstwhile P. V. Narasimha Rao was PM. He knew the state was a concern powerfulness and normalized relations with Taipei. After that, further steps were taken during the Vajpayee period, until visas connected passports were fixed connected some sides alternatively than insubstantial copies stapled to the (Indian) passport,” said Nalapat.

Rao was the ninth Indian Prime Minister from 1991-1996 and Vajpayee, a three-term Prime Minister was past successful powerfulness from 1999 to 2004.

“Significant attraction is being paid to Taiwan nether PM Narendra Modi. In particular, India would similar investment,” said Nalapat adding that successful the caller satellite bid characterized by “Cold War 2.0 with the PRC [People’s Republic of China],” Taiwan is simply a captious component.

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About Indo-Pacific

Taiwan is among those nations similar India and the United States that question a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific and don’t privation the portion to beryllium dominated by immoderate azygous powerfulness similar the mode PRC is attempting to by claiming 80 percent of the South China Sea and 60 percent of the East China Sea, said Nalapat.

“In particular, Taiwanese tech is important successful the improvement of defenses, particularly successful the fields of Artificial Intelligence and cyber warfare. The PRC would instantly person the vantage successful the South and East China seas were Taiwan to beryllium brought nether its power successful the mode that Manchuria, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia person been during the play successful the powerfulness of Mao Zedong,” said Nalapat.

The quad oregon the quadrilateral confederation betwixt the United States, Japan, Australia, and India understands Taiwan’s value precise well, said Napalat adding that adjacent though “Delhi is not arsenic vocal astir the value of keeping Taiwan from PRC power arsenic Tokyo, Canberra and Washington are,” it’s taking a enactment of however China is attempting to bully Taiwan into submission done intrusions into its aerial and oversea spaces.

Hashmi said COVID-19 has brought successful a batch of socio-political and geo-economic changes astatine each levels and successful the past 2 years, like-minded countries with communal concerns and shared interests are coming together.

“Taiwan is simply a like-minded state successful the Indo-Pacific that propagates a rules-based order. India is an important state successful the Indo-Pacific region. Given India and Taiwan stock akin values, communal interests, and shared concerns, it is important for the 2 countries to cooperate and collaborate to lend towards the bid and stableness of the region,” she said.

Hashmi believes that Taiwan’s information successful the Indo-Pacific should not beryllium seen arsenic thing aimed astatine China but alternatively should beryllium considered for respective issue-based reasons.

“It is simply a robust democracy, an important state successful the determination proviso concatenation resilience, and has the imaginable to meaningfully lend to the region,” she said. In this discourse the India-Taiwan narration has aggregate factors contributing to it, and China’s aggression is conscionable 1 of those contributors, she said.

“In the past 2 years, Taiwan has besides attempted to scope retired to India and its people. Some of the examples see Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen’s usage of societal media for reaching retired to Indian netizens, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Diwali celebrations for the Indian diaspora successful 2020, Taiwan’s donation of masks, PPE, oxygen cylinders, and concentrators to India successful 2020-21, and truthful on,” said Hashmi.

Epoch Times Photo Shih-Chung Liu, vice president of Taiwan External Trade Development Council, and Chung-Kwang Tien, the typical of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center successful India, be a quality league successful New Delhi, India connected Sept. 20, 2019. (Sankalp Phartiyal/Reuters)

Taiwan’s Investment

Hashmi said that India is important for the occurrence of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy and deepening economical practice is an important portion of it.

“For Taiwan, India presents a immense market. When some India and Taiwan are attempting to trim their dependence connected China, it is beneficial for the 2 countries to enactment towards advancing their bilateral commercialized ties,” she said.

Nalapat said some India and Taiwan are known arsenic IT hubs and practice successful the tech manufacture is an important portion of their increasing relationship.

“Tech parks by Taiwanese tech companies volition assistance India successful specified important areas arsenic chipmaking. Taiwan played the biggest relation successful processing China into an economical powerhouse, the mode Japan and the US did. Now each 3 are astatine the receiving extremity of Beijing’s hostility and are looking to acceptable up their manufacturing and servicing units successful a state that is not portion of the Sino-Russian confederation successful the mode that Pakistan, for example, is.,” said Nalapat adding that India is emerging arsenic an charismatic alternate due to the fact that of its endowment excavation and owed to the imaginable of its market.

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Hashmi said India and Taiwan are talking to beforehand practice successful the tract of semi-conductors and Taiwan is apt to play an important relation successful helping India acceptable up a semi-conductor plant.

“With Taiwan’s palmy handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and India’s vaccine maitri [friendship], the 2 countries person proved their mettle. They request to harvester their efforts to beforehand wellness cooperation,” said Hashmi.

Nalapat described the aboriginal of the India-Taiwan narration to beryllium agleam and said that agreements regarding Taiwanese investments into India, made imaginable by relocations from China. can beryllium expected by adjacent year.

Venus Upadhayaya


Venus Upadhayaya reports connected wide scope of issues. Her country of expertise is successful Indian and South Asian geopolitics. She has reported from the precise volatile India-Pakistan borderline and has contributed to mainstream people media successful India for astir a decade. Community media, sustainable development, and enactment stay her cardinal areas of interest.

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